Want to know the best venue to see a band up close? How about photo tips for capturing concerts at night? We’ve enlisted a troop of live music lovers who can give you insider advice to help you listen like a local. Check out, or should we say listen in, to what these Localeurs have to say in the links below.
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The best concert venue in Atlanta, in my opinion! The Tabernacle is an old church they converted into a concert venue. It has a pretty large capacity, but if you want to get a really good spot, try snagging a seat in the upper balcony.
THE COCA-COLA ROXY
Located in The Battery, right by the new Braves ballpark, is the Roxy, where you can see acts ranging from Haim to Maren Morris to Meek Mill. Get there a little early so you can snag a spot right near the stage.
Tucked away in West Midtown, Terminal West is the perfect size for intimate shows. And be sure to check out Stationside, their in-house restaurant.
Go early to enjoy the bars and restaurants in the area like Hojoko, Sweet Cheeks, Citizen Public House and Fool’s Errand for the most delicious snacks! And make sure you grab a brown-butter lobster roll at Eventide before heading to the event.
ROCKLAND TRUST BANK PAVILION
The pavilion in Boston’s up-and-coming Seaport District is one of the best places to see summertime concerts. If you make it to the area early, head to Trillium Brewing Company for a beer on the patio of their brand-new brew pub, fresh seafood at Yankee Lobster or Row 34, or delicious pizza at Pastoral.
The best part about seeing a show at Royale is getting late-night food in Chinatown after. My favorite options are Korean fried chicken at Crave Mad for Chicken or a big bowl of ramen at Ruckus.
The North Carolina Museum of Art Amphitheater is the hidden treasure for summer concerts that draws big folk bands to this amazing museum park. Lay out your picnic with wine, charcuterie and lawn chairs. Then relax and take in the stunning view of the park.
Outside of Raleigh, PNC Arena draws bigger artists such as Beyoncé and Ed Sheeran to the 20,000-capacity venue.
Cat’s Cradle features up-and-coming artists and draws in people looking to enjoy an intimate setting with their favorite bands.
Festival prep is real. Comfortable shoes, that you also don’t mind getting destroyed by hundreds of eager fans, are an absolute must.
Zebulon is the perfect one-stop shop for live music, great food and good drinks.
Try the brunch on Saturday and Sunday, and thank me later.
Shooting concerts at night often requires an understanding of timing and light. Look for smoke over spotlights for more surreal captures.
CHECK TOUR DATES
With tons of top talent coming through Austin, it can be easy to miss out. Check tour dates often so you can catch big acts at cozy venues. Here’s a photo of Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett electrifying the crowd.